Swimming suspended at Welwyn Garden City lake due to algae

PUBLISHED: 15:32 27 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:16 29 July 2018

A dog in the river at Stanborough Lakes, WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

A dog in the river at Stanborough Lakes, WGC. Picture: DANNY LOO

©2018 Danny Loo Photography - all rights reserved

Swimming has been suspended at a lake in Welwyn Garden City thanks to an algae bloom.

Swimming activities at Stanborough Park’s South Lake are currently suspended due to a bloom of blue-green algae, which is not toxic according to the lake management.

A spokesperson from GLL said: “The South Lake is currently experiencing a natural bloom of blue-green algae in the water so we have had to temporarily suspend swimming activities.

“We are taking regular action to monitor and reduce the algae levels and work in partnership with the Environment Agency.

“All other activities will continue to run – see our website for details: www.better.org.uk/leisure-centres.

“We can confirm that Stanborough Lake is not toxic.

“When it dies blue-green algae can sometimes become toxic.

“This is a totally natural occurrence and is not happening at this time.

“We are monitoring the water quality levels on a regular basis and will take any necessary action, should toxicity levels begin to show signs of change.”

Toxin producing blooms are called Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).

When toxic, it can kill wildlife and domestic pets.

If swallowed by people, it can cause skin rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and muscle and joint pain.

The spokesman added: “We are delighted that the current extended spell of warm weather is bringing visitors to Stanborough Park in greater numbers to enjoy the facilities and nature.

“The weather has, however, brought its own problems - in the shape of an increased fire risk due the use of BBQs in the park.

“We are discouraging the use of BBQs and have extra staff to monitor the park to ensure its safe use by visitors.”

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